Altium Designer Alternatives

    Altium Designer is described as 'PCB Design Software' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Altium Designer for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is KiCad, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Altium Designer are Fritzing (Paid, Open Source), Autodesk EAGLE (Free Personal), LibrePCB (Free, Open Source) and QUCS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 28, 2021

    1. KiCad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) - designing schematics of electronic circuits and printed circuit boards (PCB). KiCad is developed by Jean-Pierre Charras.
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      KiCad vs Altium Designer opinions
      Most users think KiCad is a great alternative to Altium Designer.
      Ease of schematic and pcb creating. BOM creation is not very good as excel templates cannot be used so this becomes a largely manual process. Most of the add-on tools cannot be added regardless of what the instructions say. Following the instructions usually ends in some sort of crash. Import/translation tools never install regardless of the instructions. But, with all of that said KiCad is still the best free alternative to Altium Designer.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      mcgiwer It's free and provide very good possibilities for circuit and PCB boards design
      Positive comment 29 days ago

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    2. to design circuits, as well as so called "layouts", be it PCB or stripboard or breadboard... very-very handy a tool, very complex but very simple to use.
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      Fritzing vs Altium Designer opinions
      Some users think Fritzing is a great alternative to Altium Designer, some don't.
      That's a good scheme creator for arduino developpement, but it's not an alternative for professional designer software.
      Negative comment 12 months ago

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      fritzinf doesnt allow simulation
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      Autodesk EAGLE is an electronic design automation (EDA) software. Enabling printed circuit board (PCB) designers to seamlessly connect schematic diagrams, component placement, PCB routing, and comprehensive library content.
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      Autodesk EAGLE vs Altium Designer opinions
      Most users think Autodesk EAGLE is a great alternative to Altium Designer.
      Cheaper but fully competent, and sufficient for most designs.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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      LibrePCB is a free EDA software to develop printed circuit boards. It’s currently under heavy development to bring out first stable releases as soon as possible.
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      LibrePCB vs Altium Designer opinions
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      dbrgn The project is still fresh, but very promising. The developers have spent a lot of time thinking about proper a library file format that avoids problems of current open source EDA suites and will make creating and sharing comprehensive parts libraries easier. It is also much better regarding usability than current alternatives like KiCAD.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      The Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) is an integrated circuit simulator allowing the simulation and graphical presentation of results of large-signal, small-signal and noise behavior in circuits.
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    3. The Cadence OrCAD product line provides affordable, high-performance PCB design tools that boost productivity for smaller design teams and individual PCB designers.
    4. The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production.
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    5. Proteus PCB design combines the schematic capture and ARES PCB layout programs to provide a powerful, integrated and easy to use suite of tools for professional PCB Design.
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      We build the pickaxes of hardware engineering. Ideation tools, schematic capture, PCB layout, design hosting, parts library management, and affordable prototyping.
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      Upverter vs Altium Designer opinions
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      Is very similar, and its free
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Its advanced simulation engine can handle both analog and digital circuits and features realtime always-on analysis. It is the perfect companion to students, hobbyists, and engineers.
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